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Why Maintaining An Attitude Of Gratitude Works

Mar 27, 2008
One key attitude in using the law of attraction deliberately is to maintain an attitude of gratitude. When you are in a grateful frame of mind, you're happy and pleased with what life has given you. That emotional state releases harmonic chemicals called hormones into your body sending signals throughout your central nervous system, giving your body and heart a tune-up and your cells a "happy" glow.

Just like when you laugh out loud, vitamin K is released throughout your body and your cells light up. People who are grateful and happy create a state of being that attracts, people, places, experiences, and circumstances to them that continue to make them feel good.

When we experience thoughts of doubts or other forms of negativity, instead of resisting the negativity, because what you resist persists, let it pass through you. Observe it - allow it to be the contrast that creates what you want - but don't focus on it. Learn to see and experience the positive the negative frames.

Artists use this technique to kick in their "creative" side or their right brain, because that is where the artist lives. Using this same technique, metaphorically, allows the negativity to help you create the picture of what you want and focus on the big picture. Too often when we first start working with the law of attraction we get afraid of our negative thoughts which in turn creates a vicious circle spiraling downward that is hard to change.

Keep your heart and your eyes turned toward the sun. Go outside and breathe the fresh air. Think about the alternative - a dirt nap! If you can't find something to be grateful for - be grateful for the ability to breathe in and out. That means you're alive and you have options.

Victor Frankl is an excellent example for why it is important to maintain an attitude of gratitude. A Jewish man born into a family of civil servants in Vienna in 1905, Frankl was the founder of logotherapy and existential analysis, the "Third Viennese School" of psychotherapy. In his book Man's Search for Meaning (first published in 1946) he chronicled his experiences as a concentration camp inmate and describes his psychotherapeutic method of finding meaning in all forms of existence, even the most sordid ones, and thus a reason to continue living.

In the Autumn of 1942 he, his wife, and his parents were deported to the concentration camp of Theresienstadt. It is here that his father died in 1943. Assisted by Dr. Leo Baeck and Reginga Jonas, Frankl worked at the camp as a general medical practitioner, and later, as a counselor to new arrivals and those with suicidal tendencies. Then, in 1944 he was transported to Auschwitz, where his mother died, and later to the Turkheim, a concentration camp not far from Dachau. Meanwhile, his wife had been transferred to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where she died.

"...We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way," he said.

Victor Emil Frankl was liberated from the concentration camp in 1945. He went on to do many things; including running the Vienna Poliklinik of Neurologics which he did until 1971. He lived a full life, remarried and wrote many books, dying at the age of 92 in 1997.

Of humor he writes, "humor is another of the soul's weapons in the fight for self-preservation. It is well known that humor more than anything else in the human makeup, can afford an aloofness and an ability to rise above any situation..." (Source: Wikipedia)

If a man who lived to the age of ninety-two survived the brutalities of a WWII concentration camp - learns to find beauty in all people, both captor and captive, events, and circumstances where others would recoil and find only horror - what does this truly say of your own circumstances?

How bad is it really? Do yourself a favor - laugh. Be grateful - be ongoing. Enjoy your life - find the little things that make you happy and make you grateful. Write a list of your happy thoughts, read it over when you're feeling down and you'll find yourself feeling better in no time!

Enjoy today - enjoy this moment - for this moment is your true place of power. Make a choice to feel better no matter the circumstances and soon you'll find that you do feel better! Don't give up your freedom to choose.
About the Author
Former managing editor of California's oldest continuously published weekly, Brenner just completed The Little Book of Becoming - Understanding the Law of Attraction and is fast at work editing her first metaphysical fiction - Changing Planes due out soon. http://www.LittleBookofBecoming.com
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